The 2019 Rendezvous

Moving It Forward

Aims Community College
5401 20th St
Greeley, CO 80634
$175
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$125
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$100
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2019 Rendezvous Sessions

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Academic Reading Instruction: A Grant-Funded Project Leveraging Authentic Open Materials

This session will explore a new advanced academic reading curriculum where students engage with adapted chapters from university freshman-level textbooks and build critical thinking, reading comprehension, and vocabulary skills. Attendees will learn how to pilot these free materials in their classrooms and preview some of the activities.

Presented by

  • Kathleen Mitchell University of Colorado Boulder's International English Center

Adult Education Advocacy

An overview and brainstorm session of advocacy strategies for adult education providers and supports to push for more access and funding. We would like to begin the conversation around what the needs are for adult education and build working groups to initiate more advocacy at the State Legislature.

Presented by

  • Mathew Mengesha Spring Institute

Adult Learners Struggle with Childhood LD

The session will begin with a lecture consisting of notable quotes and summaries from published cases regarding adult students and justice involved defendants struggling with learning disabilities. A review of Lynda A. Price and Stan F. Shaw's publication on teaching adults with learning disabilities using andragogical practices will be presented, and participants of the workshop will be asked to contribute to a whole group discussion on the topic. The lecture will resume with published definitions of learning disabilities in general, and two conditions in particular: Significant Identifiable Emotional Disability and Attention Deficit Disorder. Participants are asked to discuss their experiences in table groups and prepare to share with the room. For the most part, experienced educators in the session will be asked to impart knowledge. The objective of this workshop is to start a conversation and create a peer network with contact information in order to do so.

Presented by

  • Nadine M. Kerstetter, M.Ed Colorado Department of Corrections

Boost Reading and Writing Skills for Adult ESL

As most adult education programs seek to address the urgent need for equity, access, and rigor for adult ESL, the need for explicit reading and writing instruction has become critical. National Geographic Learning utilizes authentic and responsive content to help adult ESL learners achieve their language goals. This session will focus on these critical areas, developing reading and writing for ESL.

Presented by

  • Talya Clay National Geographic Learning

Building Pathways for Your Students’ Success

This session will explore the numerous ways Career Pathways can be designed and implemented to comply with WIOA regulations. The components of Integrated Educational Training (IET) programs that contribute to successful programs will be discussed including understanding Employer Measures and using Labor Market Information (LMI) to build - or enhance - your Career Pathways program. We will discuss various frameworks and specifically, a six-point framework, that can be offered by local programs with templates available for use. The framework will identify well-planned, comprehensive Career Pathway programs that meet the needs of local employers and industry-focused sectors. We will explore how adult education programs can partner with employers to develop meaningful curriculum, develop workforce awareness activities and use Labor Market Information (LMI) to cooperatively translate workplace skills into learning objectives.

Presented by

  • Christina Miller Paxen Steck Vaughn

CSM: Remediation, Self-confidence, College Credit, and Employability Skills

The CSM Course uses unique online personalized learning technology towards four goals: 1) Remediation. The CSM Course adapts to every student’s knowledge, and can fill math and literacy gaps as low as 4th grade level. CSM keeps all students working at the level that is right for them, and is a good fit for mixed-level classes. 2) Self-Confidence. Many adult learners have had poor experiences with education in the past, and enter the classroom filled with fear of failure. CSM is designed to implicitly and explicitly help students realize that they are capable of doing challenging work, and have the skills that they need to succeed in the future. 3) College Credit. CSM is accepted for college credit at colleges serving collectively over 300,000 undergraduates, and is an inexpensive and supportive transition to college. At many of these colleges, CSM fulfills the often-intimidating math requirement. 4) Employability Skills. CSM is broadly aligned with the Common Employability Skills framework, adopted by industry associations as the skills needed by all employees. CSM builds the skills of learning independently, attention-to-detail, and persistence through challenges.

Presented by

  • Miriam Goldberg CSMlearn

Career Pathways for English Language Learners

English language learners need personalized, flexible instruction in order to connect with career pathways and employment opportunities. Learn about how Voxy and ProLiteracy/New Readers Press have partnered to break down barriers to employment for English language learners of various levels. We will share best practices to build effecting blended, mobile learning programs that enhance your region's talent pipelines while helping students connect with in-demand career pathways. Learn about employer-sponsored and informed models for training English language learning to the jobs of the future. This session will include best practices for taking new programs to scale and accelerating proficiency gains in learners than align with employer expectations.

Presented by

  • Tadd Wamester Voxy

Drawing Your Way to Stronger Teaching

They say a picture is worth 1000 words. Complex ideas can often be more easily accessed, understood, and remembered if they are presented along with symbols and pictures. In this engaging session, adult educator Meredith Jones will discuss research showing that incorporating drawings into lessons can help learners of all ages and will share concrete ideas for adding drawings into your learning modules. The session will finish with some time to work on one of your own lessons and practice unleashing the burgeoning artist-teacher within you. Stick figures welcome!

Presented by

  • Meredith Jones Center for Work Education and Employment

Empowering Adult Learners to be Ambassadors: Lessons Learned

What is the Student Ambassador Program, and is it the right fit for your learners? Three Colorado Adult Education programs will hold a panel discussion to describe lessons learned about implementing this train-the-trainer student leadership and advocacy training. Participants will leave feeling equipped to engage in a training at their local level and will also benefit from the opportunities and challenges explained by the panel.

Presented by

  • A Yvette Myrick Colorado Mountain College

HSE Languange Arts Writing Workshop! Test Tips and Strategies

Take a close look at the HiSET Language Arts Writing subtest, the key CCRS standards that are assessed, and how they are tested. Combining these insights, we will demonstrate practical tools and lesson planning strategies that best help prepare test takers to take and pass the HiSET…the first time!

Presented by

  • Adam Springwater Education Testing Service

In Your Student's Shoes: Exploring Best Techniques for Teaching Adult ESL

As teachers, it is important to relate to students’ experience. Why are some approaches more helpful than others in language learning? This interactive workshop introduces effective key teaching techniques for adult ESL students, delivered partially as a foreign language lesson to give teachers a firsthand experience as the language learner. Attendees will be deeply involved in this workshop, beginning with a foreign language lesson where participants will be the students. They will experience first-hand which engagement techniques helped them most in acquiring the new language. The second half of this workshop will focus in on four keys of success in teaching Adult ESL: Keeping things simple; using intentional repetition; building classic engagement techniques; and approaching lessons with strategic planning and pacing. Attendees will leave with a firsthand experience of which tools and techniques feel most useful as an adult language learner. Expanding in this firsthand understanding, this workshop will help participants enhance their teaching with practical techniques and tools that raise the energy and build confidence in the classroom.

Presented by

  • Marcie Smith Intercambio Uniting Communities

Laughing for Learning: The Power of Humor in Adult Education

The science behind laughter as a part of learning is fascinating! We simply need laughter as human beings and that applies in our classrooms as well as our family rooms. In adult education classrooms, humor relieves stress, breaks down cultural barriers and provides hope and joy. At the same time, we must be careful where we draw the line to avoid misunderstandings, hurt feelings or humor that borders the inappropriate. This session will look at the research behind humor in the classroom, how to intentionally plan for humor in your lessons, and the guidelines in adult education classrooms. Hopefully you will also get a good laugh or two!

Presented by

  • Dan Griffith Essential Education

Looking Ahead for the Next Step

Often navigational efforts with students seem to require so much time and energy with little chance of a true connection being made. How can we improve our program’s navigational efforts to support student goals? How can we bridge those connections to maintain lasting partnerships? And how do we keep in touch with our students to track outcomes after they have moved onto a new training or program? In this session we will dive into various practical navigational strategies, such as utilizing G-Suite tools, to record program-supporting data and analyze navigational efforts from intake to program completion. Participants will leave with practical navigational tools to serve their program in creative ways to track data and prove student outcomes.

Presented by

  • Allie Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

Math and Language Arts Readiness for the ETS HiSET Exam: Instructional Strategies and Tips to Engage and Motivate!

A practical hands on workshop for Math and Language Arts. We will look at the Math and Language Arts College and Career (CCR) standards and how they are assessed for HSE, with particular attention to the most challenging test subjects: Algebra, Writing, and Reading Comprehension. Using actual test examples we will review and examine the most challenging and often failed test topics such as linear algebra, reading comprehension, and writing fluency. Participants will have hands on practice with specific tips and strategies for preparing students to take and pass the HiSET…the first time! This is a “tools you can use” audience participation session with practical examples and strategies for improving test taker pass rates.

Presented by

  • Adam Springwater Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Nurturing Leaders, Nurturing Learners

Are you passionate about supporting your students to develop their voice and gain critical thinking and communication skills to be successful in their personal and professional lives? Join us for this session to discuss how integrating leadership development into your adult education curriculum can support students in achieving success as learners and career seekers. Using key principles of andragogy and workforce development, together we will explore how asset-based leadership curriculum and opportunities for practice can help nurture confidence, critical thinking, communication skills, and community involvement among learners of different backgrounds and identities. Our session will include examples of what transformative leadership development can look like in practice using our model and experiences at CWEE, a Denver-based workforce development nonprofit. And we will have an opportunity to engage in interactive activities as a group so you can see what integrating leadership development into your work could look like for your organization.

Presented by

  • Stevie Noll CWEE

Pronunciation in Adult ELL

A primary reason adult students pursue English language classes is to improve their pronunciation so that they can be understood. Acquiring pronunciation accuracy is key to adult English language learning success, and a crucial step for students to feel more connected and confident. This workshop provides teachers with practical, easy-to-use tools and techniques to deliver on what adult ESL students want most: to speak English well. By addressing students’ desire to learn correct pronunciation, teachers will also build their confidence, rapport, retention and participation in classrooms. This workshop will focus on two recognized resources for teaching pronunciation: The Color Vowel™ Chart, and Intercambio’s Pronunciation Fun with Pictures. Specific techniques for incorporating pronunciation in lessons, catching trouble areas and correcting them, and using every-day tools for best outcomes, will highlighted. This is a great workshop for both beginner teachers and experienced/certified teachers. This is a fun and engaging session that provides practical teaching ideas that participants can quickly adopt and apply to their next class!

Presented by

  • Marcie Smith Intercambio Uniting Communities

Reaching Targeted Results Made Easy using CASAS & BurlingtonEnglish

Get on-target results with CASAS assessments and resources! Come join our session and learn how easy to use and time saving the CASAS assessments are, and explore ways that BurlingtonEnglish can help prepare your students!! Using the CASAS assessments allows you to measure skills and report progress easily and effectively. Tests include real-life skills and competencies and are easy to administer to provide you with immediate results. Participants will learn about all of the components of the Burlington English Prepare for CASAS system as well as how to access it on multiple devices that your teachers and students have access to in the classroom or at home. Teachers have access to comprehensive Prepare for CASAS In-Class Lessons for whole class activities and students have additional lessons that can be accessed immediately on a separate device. Don’t let limited computer lab access limit your students’ use of technology in the classroom!

Presented by

  • Martin Loa BurlingtonEnglish

Survey Says...

Participants will learn how Essential Education's HSE and ABE programs can impact student outcomes through engaging instruction, adaptive learning and exceptional diagnostics in both print, offline and online materials.

Presented by

  • Dan Griffith Essential Education

TABE 11/12 Updates and Best Practices

TABE 11/12 Updates and Best Practices: This session provides an overview of the new TABE 11/12 tests, the only assessment fully approved under the new Federal NRS regulations covering Reading, Math and Language. This overview describes the newly reduced testing times and updated diagnostic reporting. We will also review best practices for computer based and paper based testing learned from other programs. Participants will also learn about scanning options and new data transfer options to reduce manual data entry after testing.

Presented by

  • Mike Johnson DRC

Teacher Observations: A Guide to Practical and Productive Collaborations

Regular feedback is essential to the growth of instructors, from those just beginning to those who have been teaching for decades. However, when peers or administrators observe, the post-class discussion is not always fruitful. Why may that be? In this session, I will present other’s research on feedback (Martinez et al. 2016; Archer et al. 2016). We will use that knowledge to reflect on our own experiences as the observer providing feedback. Finally, we will discuss ways to ensure teachers find the information useful and are able to implement beneficial changes. Every teacher is different and requires various levels of support. This workshop will help you effectively communicate your feedback to all teachers and peers.

Presented by

  • Karyn Light-Gibson Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

The 3 R's of GED Prep: Recruiting, Retention, & Results

This session is an overview of the tools available to assist you in recruiting, retaining, and honing the skills needed to pass the GED exam (results).

Presented by

  • Liz Lanphear GED Testing Service

The Journey from Permanent Resident to U.S. Citizen: Understanding the Process and Succeeding in the Interview

This presentation is for teachers and administrators who: a) are interested in creating a U.S. Citizenship class, b) already offer citizenship classes, or c) incorporate citizenship instruction into their ESL classes. It is also for permanent residents interested in obtaining U.S. Citizenship. The presenters will discuss how to create and implement a U.S. Citizenship class based on personal experience at the Community ESL Program at the Community College of Aurora. Participants will learn about the components of the citizenship application process, materials available from USCIS and other sources which have been successful in our classes, and activities that prepare students to pass the test and interview. The presenters will also share some common student misconceptions about the citizenship process and how best to help students overcome barriers to success. If time permits, there will also be a mock interview.

Presented by

  • Irene O'Brien Community College of Aurora

Total Physical Response (TPR) for Beginning Levels in Adult ESL

Most adult ESL students have varying levels of self-esteem and stress when it comes to learning English. Many work multiple jobs and are tired in class. When practicing TPR – Total Physical Response in the classroom, students have the opportunity to go from basic repetition and practice to fun, engaging learning tools that further cement their acquisition of the English language, and build confidence. Teachers can significantly improve their classroom dynamic and raise the energy level. This workshop will be highly interactive! Participants will experience this technique as their students will: with lots of movement and collaborative techniques. The focus of this workshop is primarily on lower levels, though expansions for higher levels will be discussed as well. Participants will learn the background of TPR as a theory, and where to implement this engaging approach with hands-on tips and techniques. In addition, participants will learn how to recognize embedded activities with TPR and how to expand activities in any curriculum to increase movement and fun. The aim of this workshop is to get teachers confident and ready to implement TPR in their context.

Presented by

  • Marcie Smith Intercambio Uniting Communities

Understanding TABE 11/12 to Make Those Level-to-level NRS Gains!

This session will analyze how the Adult Education-College and Career Readiness Standards (AE-CCRS) were used to build TABE 11/12 and how the AE-CCRS translate into classroom instruction to achieve positive outcomes. We will analyze the AE-CCRS domains and follow the results of a completed TABE 11/12 through the breakdown of the TABE Associated Skills needed to move students from non- or partial proficiency to complete proficiency on the posttest. Attendees will learn how to target the skills needed to make the NRS level to level gains that are critical for performance-based funding. We will briefly review Paxen Steck Vaughn's answer to the TABE 11/12 challenges – TABE Tutor series and the associated companion resources.

Presented by

  • Christina Miller self-employed

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